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Mar 11, 2012 10:00am EDT
about the race. can he do the delegate math to beat mitt romney. >> the governor thinks he is now ordained by god to win, then let's just have it out. >> previewing the debate to the fall campaign, the social issues versus the economy. more than 200,000 jobs created in february, and who has the winning prescription for more growth? with us, romney supporter and chair of the governor's association, virginia's governor, bob mcdonnell, and maryland's governor, martin o'malley. finally, our political roundtable is here to talk politics and about something else, civility. where has it gone and can it return? why the president call sandra after rush limbaugh attacks? he was thinking about his own daughters. >> i want them to speak their mind in a thoughtful way, and i don't want them attacked or called horrible names because they are being good citizens. >> we have a discussion with reverend al sharpton, host of msnbc's politics nation. and marsha blackburn, and ej dionne, and peggy noonan. >>> good morning. another split decision in republican presidential contest held over the weekend
NBC
Mar 25, 2012 11:00am EDT
accepted mitt romney, this week the spreek puts the focus on -- supreme puts the focus on the health care law, a law romney inspired in massachusetts. how can he be the number one attack dog and how can he promise to kill it? just as he wraps up a huge primary win, romney hear as top advisor say all his campaign promises are, he uses a watergate term, inoperative. is he stuck with the etch-a-sketch label for good. "mad men," they're all back, betty, jon, the incomparable joan. what is it about their world we find so downright transing? is it something this country had and lost? is it about our youth? hi, i'm chris matthews. with us today new york magazine john heilemann, cnn's gloria borger, cnbc kelly evans and pulitzer times editor david leonhardt? what do they have in common? both can wipe the slate clean. and they could wipe out the health care law, let it stand or kill the heart of it. we'll get clues in the extraordinary three days of argument starting monday. the president has not been talking much about health care lately, but there was this the other night. >> we want to call it
NBC
Mar 4, 2012 10:00am EST
to the gop race for the white house. after michigan, can mitt romney build on the lead and solidify himself as the presome thattive nominee. >>> can santorum win ohio and chart a course to the nomination. can newt gingrich win his home state of georgia as he tries to emerge as the romney alternative? with us, newt gingrich, and eric cantor will weigh into the nomination fight, and with the view from the democrats, debbie wasserman schultz. and plus our political roundtable this morning, what to look for on tuesday, and the president's emerging campaign. on the road, looking under the hood, and fighting for middle class votes. >> i place my bet on the american worker! and i will make that bet any day of the week. with us, republican strategist, mike murphy, and a political analysts for "time" magazine, al paw rins, and savannah guthrie. >>> the republican race is coming down to a battle for delegates, and mitt romney is in the lead winning his fifth straight contest last night in washington state. final results show mom rebeating ron paul, and santorum in third, and newt gingrich a distant f
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Mar 11, 2012 11:00am EDT
. romney? >> good luck tonight. no, really. >> really. >> no, really, bring it on. for a long time there was a question whether the president would run on his record or just run against the republicans. this week that question was answered. here's a part of the new obama campaign film. >> how do we understand this president and his time in office? do we look at the day's headlines, or do we remember what we as a country have been through? >> our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions, that time has surely passed. chris: i talked to david on hardball this week and he believes an ultimate victory for president obama, but says it won't be pretty. >> we are prepared for a tough, close race. 47% voted against us in 2008 when we won a massive victory. so we have the wind at our back then. we don't have the wind at our back now. >> this isn't going to be easy. >> it's not going to be easy but the obama campaign is itching to get at the campaign. i think they wanted to release this movie in the midst of the toughest part of the republican
NBC
Mar 4, 2012 11:00am EST
good for obama now, but events would elect romney. obama is singing happy days, but it's america, is he too far ahead of the parade to hear its music. finally, offshore warnings, could this war with iran change everything and could the killing of americans in afghanistan drive us to quit? could either of these crisis player up and leave this white house burnt. hi, i'm chris matthews. welcome to the show. with us today, the "washington post" bob woodward, cnbc becky quick, the "washington post" kathleen parker and the national journal's major garrett. while republicans are having to explain rush limbaugh's hatefulness this week, barack obama is radiating optimism these days. the president is channeling that old ronald reagan morning in america. here he is on tuesday. >> i'm not going to settle for a country where a few do really well and everybody else is struggling to get by. i promise you this. as long as you got an ounce of fight left in you, i'll have a ton of fight left in me. >> a new poll has obama losing to mitt romney by four points believe it or not, even with all of the damage
NBC
Mar 21, 2012 6:00pm EDT
supporter is said she has traded early dance to mitt romney. there has been a lot of excitement building around the candid its visiting maryland. lowell melser is outside. what is the reaction of people while waiting in line? >> lot of people are just excited to see governor romney. we counted at least several hundred supporters that came out here to see governor mitt romney, proving that this particular area and maryland may have been a great idea. on the streets of arbutus, you would never know what presidential hopeful was coming to town, but for mitt romney supporters, they are pretty excited. >> i think is the wonderful. >> political history shows that gop presidential candidates rarely campaign in maryland because of a strong, democratic roots. romney is making an appearance in arbutus, hoping to show that he deserves the state's 37 delegates. >> my husband is on the fence about it. he thinks i should just dick with obama. i just need to see another side. >> the line wrapped around the building. most to came out to sea the town hall style meeting already had strong beliefs about po
NBC
Mar 21, 2012 5:00pm EDT
hour, former massachusetts governor mitt romney and began a town hall meeting in baltimore county. >> this is his first campaign stop in maryland. some of the question so far, how do we get lower gas prices, cut back on taxes and reform health care? shelton dutes is monitoring the meeting inside and lowell melser is on crowd control. we begin with shelton dutes. >> crowd out here is starting to clear out of the american legion hall. mitt romney is still on stage, greeting some of the supporters. that town hall just wrapped up a couple of minutes ago. the topic of conversation, lot of people were concerned about the economy, for obvious reasons. mitt romney says he plans to urge job growth and the economy by restoring economic freedom for americans. he cited his experience in the private sector as a way of improving the economy. this was a town hall format for the meeting here at the american legion. you can see there is still a crowd out here in arbutus, but the room was much more packed about five minutes ago. we heard that more than 500 people showed up and some had to go to an
NBC
Mar 7, 2012 4:30am EST
>>> this morning on "early today," no knockout punch. mitt romney appears to clinch a narrow super tuesday win but fails to bring clarity to the primary race. >>> cosmic curse? asstr astronomers have a clue. >>> serious competition. the world's fastest man takes on the world's no eligible bachelor. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello. good morning. i'm lynn berry. >>> today, we begin with a split decision. yesterday on super tuesday, republican presidential candidate mitt romney pulled off a narrow victory in the key delegate rich state of ohio but he lost several other states to rival rick santorum. romney was the apparent winner of ohio with 38% p that is just 1% more than santorum. in virginia, it was a two-man race because santorum and newt gingrich didn't make it onto the ballot. romney is the projected winner there with 60%. with 72%, romney also won massachusetts, the state where he was governor. romney is the projected winner in vermont with 40%. in the idaho caucuses, romney won a decisive victory with 62%. he also picked up four delegates in wyoming wh
NBC
Mar 19, 2012 6:00pm EDT
romney and rick santorum crisscross the state rally for votes. >> were on the took all 20 delegates in order rego buried would go live to washington for a look at how the illinois race is shaping up. >> the latest polling gives mitt romney the lead, but it is a lot closer than expected. >> the fight is on in illinois, and it is essentially a two-man race. >> i need your help. i want to make sure i can become your nominee. >> mitt romney met with voters in springfield. he kept his attack its aim at president obama. >> he has put us deeper in debt, slowed the recovery, and harmed the economy. >> rick santorum hosted rallies and dixon and rockford. >> this could be an amazing time in history. right here in illinois, you can assure that in and surprise the pundits. >> he supported the wall street bailout. >> the romney camp has a new video out highlighting santorum's support for romney in 2008. >> if you want a conservative as the nominee of this party, you must vote for mitt romney. >> polls give romney the edge but put santorum within striking distance. >> a mitt romney win here will
NBC
Mar 21, 2012 11:00pm EDT
him out of office. >> that is mitt romney today speaking to marylanders in the town hall meeting in arbutus. that is our big story tonight. >> there was a large crowd of supporters in baltimore county today to see the republican presidential hopeful. >> he is campaigning here ahead of our primary on april 3 in which 37 delegates are at stake. >> shelton dutes is live in arbutus with the wrap up of today's events. >> maryland is often overlooked in presidential republican primaries, but in this race for every delegate matters, this movement has -- may have been very helpful for the romney campaign. >> ladies and gentlemen, governor, soon to be president, mitt romney. >> mitt romney arrived in arbutus press from an illinois victory and just hours after receiving an endorsement from jenna bush. he hunkered down to talk about the issues most important to maryland republicans. >> fixing the economy, and getting the debt under control. >> when it comes to improving the economy and job growth, romney cited his experience in the private sector as well as the need to protect individual fr
NBC
Mar 22, 2012 4:30am EDT
endorseme endorsement, mitt romney is back pedaling today. >> reporter: mitt romney's 12-point illinois win impressed big-name republicans. and won on the endorsement of jeb bush who said now is the time for republicans >> romney got undercut by one of his top aides. romney plans to erase his focus. like you shake an etch-a-sketch. >> he said you just take, turn it over, shake it and then you start all over. >> mocking romney as a fake conservative, which he rushed to deny. >> the issues i'm running on will be exactly the same. i'm running as a conservative republican. >> newt gingrich joined the attack. >> so here's governor romney's staff. they don't have the decency to wait until they get the nomination to explain to us how they'll sell us out. >> and santorum had the win-man to try to shoot romney down. >> city commissioners in stanford, florida, have voted no confidence in the police chief over his investigation in the controversial shooting death of a black teenager. three of five commissioners voted against the chief with one demanding he resign in the wake of a killing of an unarmed
NBC
Mar 20, 2012 12:00pm EDT
in their campaign. >> mitt romney and rick santorum came with one message -- help- wanted. the two republican presidential candidates focused on their differences. romney tout his business experience and says the economy is the top priority. rick santorum says he's focused on the president's health-care plan and freedom. >> i don't care what the unemployment rate is going to be. doesn't matter to me. my campaign does not hinge on unemployment rates. >> i do care about the unemployment rate. it does bother me. i want to get people back to work. >> of course i care about the unemployment rate. rick santorum says a win in illinois would change the election. romney is 14 points ahead of santorum while newt gingrich and ron paul largely sat out the state. romney has more money to spend on advertisements highlighting rick santorum is endorsement of him in 2008. >> rick santorum says it is a different race and the negative ads have not kept him from picking up 10 wins so far. romney is working to make sure santorum does not get win no. 11 tonight. >> thank you. speaking of the presidential candidate
NBC
Mar 23, 2012 12:00pm EDT
leave until august. mitt romney was in maryland this week. former speaker newt gingrich is expected to visit the state capital in annapolis. ron paul will hold a town hall meeting on wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. before the candidates hit maryland, they will sweep through louisiana. they are hoping to pick up some of the 20 delegates at stake in tomorrow's primary. >> this is another substance face-off -- southern face-off. southern gentility is out of the window as the political talk turns tough. presidential hopefuls are going back to a childhood drawing board for inspiration. they are criticizing mitt romney as an ever shifting candidate. >> you cannot have a child's toy for president. >> a romney campaign aid said the campaign can be reset like an etch a sketch. he made no public appearances thursday as he focused on private meetings in washington. rick santorum implied that president obama would be better than mitt romney. >> he may be the etch a sketch candidate for the future. >> mitt romney responded in a statement. the candidates' bickering underscore the fact that mitt romn
NBC
Mar 29, 2012 5:00am EDT
to throw their support behind mitt romney. he is expected to get a boost with another key endorsement today. tara mergener joins us live with our report. good morning. >> good morning. mitt romney is getting more support now from the gop, but so far his republican rivals are determined to stay in the race. first, barbara. then support from jeb. today mitt romney expects the endorsement of george h.w. bush. >> it is the bush family. >> mitt romney also got the backing of marker rubco rubio. >> one thing that can bring this momentum to a halt is to turn it over the keys of the white house to mitt romney or rick santorum. >> we have to find the right spot. >> with a calendar on favorable to santorum, it could be a tough month. trailing far behind, newt gingrich has fired his campaign manager and laid off much of the staff but he refuses to give up. >> there are two large principles that lead me to decide to run for president. one was values and the other was innovation. >> ron paul is not showing signs of dropping out. the next round of contests is in maryland, wisconsin and in the district of
NBC
Mar 18, 2012 11:00am EDT
likely opponent in the fall, mitt romney is still actually saying he would go bigger. >> that's in iran. what about that? >> politically there is nothing in it for the president to pull the plug on his own oils the >> politically or realistically over there? >> there are costs there too, but in terms of domestic policy i don't think he pays a price for -- >> people will wait it out so long as they see he's focused on the economy and jobs. >> if they think there is a strategy they'll stick with it. if -- the minute they think this isn't, they'll be gone. chris: and before we break, gas prices could become a huge issue in the fall. fortunately there are no gas lines like in the years when it killed jimmy carter. >> how many of you think jimmy carter is doing a good job on the energy situation? amy and rosslyn? ok. [laughter] how many think he's doing a bad job? [applause] how many of you think he should be pumping gas? chris: carter tried fireside chats in cardigan sweaters hoping that conservation would make him look better. "saturday night live" wasn't making -- taking it seriously. i'm
NBC
Mar 6, 2012 6:30pm EST
tonight saying it would be huge for his campaign if he does. the fight against mitt romney has had punches flying up until the final bell. though not the biggest delegate prize of super tuesday. [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you so much. >> reporter: ohio is considered the catch of the day. mitt romney went home to boston to vote after a solid week slugging it out toe to toe in ohio with rick santorum. >> it's great to be in the heart of ohio here in buckeye territory. that's a tough thing for a penn stater to say. >> reporter: a proven presidential battleground, 12 state elections picking the winner, victory in ohio can cast long-lasting signals. for romney, says one political expert, the stakes couldn't be higher. especially considering a possible southern surge in the next week for newt gingrich. >> the field is tilted for the rest of march in a santorum and/or gingrich direction. not in a romney direction. i think he has to have ohio. has to win ohio. >> reporter: romney is expected to perform best in ohio's urban and suburban areas. santorum in smaller, rural communities. each has
NBC
Mar 20, 2012 6:00pm EDT
. >> advocates say neither proposal goes far enough. reporting live, wbal-tv 11 news. >> mitt romney will be in maryland tomorrow. he will be going to a town hall meeting, and loss of -- lots of folks are excited about his visit. >> on main street, gov. mitt romney's visit tomorrow was the top of the town. >> he is the right man for the right job. >> this is a republican town, so he will be well received. >> a lot of people will be out here to watch him. >> i have to stay, it is the center of the political universe are election-year. >> gov. bob ehrlich is from your. he was out of town today, but told me on the phone at the visit is a good thing for his home town. >> he is someone that wants to get to know, i think people will like him. >> over at the american legion hall, they were setting up for tomorrow's town hall meeting. >> we are always happy. for us, that is what it is. >> what do you think of governor romney? >> well, i like him. put it that way. >> some are excited about the visit. >> that is a good thing that. that will be real nice. >> what do you think? >> i think that i
NBC
Mar 21, 2012 4:30am EDT
tomorrow. >>> this morning on "early today," clear-cut victory. mitt romney moved closer to the presidential nomination with a win in illinois. >>> an ounce of prevention. new research finds one of the oldest and cheapest drugs out there could help fight cancer. >>> and stroke of luck. a painting is anything but. >> hello, and good morning to you. i am veronica de la cruz. today we begin with a decisive win. with 47% of the vote romney's double-digit victory over santorum further justified his claim to be the presumptive nominee. >> mitt romney shored up his frontrunner status in illinois. another win, this one by a large margin in another big midwestern battleground state. >> join us, join us, together we will insure that america's greatest days are still ahead. thank you, guys. >> romney showed his strength, winning men and women voters in illinois, and most said the economy was their number one concern. >> i don't care what the unemployment rate is going to be. >> rick santorum campaigned on freedom from big government. he missed the opportunity to show he could win in
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Mar 21, 2012 5:00am EDT
of -- gruen von behrens. >> in commitment 2012 news, mitt romney is coming to maryland today. he will campaign in a town hall event at the dewy loman hall. >> i'm a strong republican. he is the right man for the right job. >> this is the republican council. he will be well received. >> a lot of people will be out here to watch him. >> romney is campaigning ahead of maryland's primary on april 3 where 37 delegates are at stake. he is waking up a winner this morning picking up 41 delegates in illinois and strengthening his overall delegate lead. we have more on the win and what it means for the campaign ahead. good morning. >> good morning. mitt romney has to be coming here feeling good about what happened last night. it was not the nail biter with what we have seen in past face-offs. he finished 12 points ahead of rick santorum but his rival vows this race isn't over yet. >> mitt romney didn't have to wait long after the illinois polls closed to give his victory speech, a clear win that he would like to say makes it a two-man race. romney versus obama. >> we once built an interstate highway sys
NBC
Mar 20, 2012 5:00pm EDT
. >> a big day for mitt romney. 64 delegates up for grabs. and for rick santorum be big -- and for rick santorum. he needs to beat romney. but he made a gaffe, campaigning against the governor. >> i do not care what the unemployment race would -- what the unemployment rate is. >> i do care what the unemployment rate is. it does bother me. >> my candidacy does not hinge on what the unemployment rate is. >> the republican race might hinge on louisiana. newt gingrich campaign there today for a primary on saturday. is a chance for front runner to prove he can win in the south. >> if mitt romney can hold this lead, which looks to be double digits, he could get a boost going into louisiana, which is one of those away games in the deep south. if you went down there, he may be good to solidify the nomination. >> illinois has 69 delegates. they are chosen in a complex process. but there is one big question in illinois tonight. can santorum beat romney? wbal-tv 11 news. >> mitt romney is heading to marilyn tomorrow. we're working to confirm the details. we will a closer look at 5:30. >> still ahe
NBC
Mar 29, 2012 12:00pm EDT
>> mitt romney is expected to pick up a key endorsement today. who is and what could it mean for other gop hopefuls? we have the answer in this morning's commitment 2012 report. >> mitt romney is picking up more support from the gop. his republican rivals are determined to stay in the race. first, former first lady barbara bush. then a boost from jeb. today, mitt romney expects the endorsement from former president george h. w. bush. on wednesday, romani also got the backing of marco rubio -- romney also got the backing of marco rubio. >> one thing that could bring this momentum to a screeching halt is to turn over the keys to the white house to rick santorum or mitt romney. >> we have to find the right spot in the lane. >> with a calendar of contests on favorable to rick santorum, it could be a tough month. trailing far behind, newt gingrich fired his campaign manager and laid off much of his staff. but he refuses to give up. >> there are two large principals that led me to run for president. one was values and the other was an ovation. >> ron paul is not showing signs of dr
NBC
Mar 4, 2012 2:30am EST
to get out of the race. however, if mitt romney can win in ohio and can win some other states, nice bucket of states virginia which is a slam dunk for him on super tuesday, i think it will go a long way to convince republicans he is inevitable whether it will be that day or the next month or so. >> it seems that way. of course governor romney won in arizona and michigan this week. last week by three points in michigan where he had the support of college-educated, wealthier voters and senator santorum got the support of those making under $100,000 a year. what's your take on the distinction of the voters? how does i that impact the general election? there is a clear pattern in every state so far that mitt romney does well with older voters, wealthy voters. where he struggles are with social conservatives and with those working-class republicans. that's where rick santorum has found his sweet spot, as you just described. i think that is problematic for mitt romney. he can't just be the candidate of the wealthy, the candidate of the old. he has to show that he has some capacity to broa
NBC
Mar 4, 2012 6:30pm EST
, the biggest day so far in the republican presidential campaign. with contests in 11 states. mitt romney is coming off his latest victory in yesterday's washington state caucuses. nbc's peter alexander is on the trail in ohio. >> reporter: stumping across the south today, mitt romney is hammering home his business background, looking to take a decisive advantage in the republican race. >> the economy is what i do, it is what i know, it is what i've done. >> reporter: while rick santorum battles to regain momentum. >> we're doing as well as anybody in all of these races. >> reporter: with 11 contests this super tuesday, the symbolic prize remains the general election battleground of ohio. for the latest nbc news/marist poll shows romney gaining on santorum. their matchup now a statistical dead heat. because santorum failed to complete the required paperwork, he may not be eligible for more than a quarter of ohio's delegates. >> it is a tough state for us because of the fact that with the money disadvantage, but we're -- we have got a great grassroots campaign. we're hanging in there. >> r
NBC
Mar 5, 2012 6:30pm EST
, the romney campaign chose massachusetts. that's the state where romney served as governor and the one state where advisers say they're certain they're going to win tomorrow. with a fierce tug of war atop the republican field, mitt romney and rick santorum are making their final pitches on the eve of super tuesday. it could alter the course of this campaign. >> give me your vote tomorrow, get out and vote. >> reporter: at stake, 11 states and 424 delegates, more than any other single day all primary season. the most heavily sought-after prize, the general election battleground of ohio where santorum is appealing to the state's blue-collar base, again today attacking moum romney's health care overhaul in massachusetts. >> he recommended president obama that he adopt romneycare as the template for obamacare. and guess what? they did. >> reporter: and at a town hall in youngstown, romney faced supporters -- >> i need an emphatic yes from you that you will repeal obamacare. >> why would i not? there's no -- >> reporter: in a campaign season consistent perhaps only for its inconsistency, with a s
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Mar 14, 2012 4:30am EDT
% of the vote. while newt gingrich and mitt romney each got 29%. in mississippi, santorum eeked out a closer victory with 33%. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with more on what this means for newt gingrich and mitt romney. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. despite what the polls were telling us 24 hours ago it should have been no surprise rick santorum won both states because they are packed with evangelical voters, and that's his crowd. >> we did it again. >> reporter: rick santorum won mississippi with a third of the vote and alabama with 35%. speaking from louisiana, where he promised another big win next week, santorum hinted newt gingrich should drop out of the race. >> the time is now for conservatives to pull together. the time is now to make sure, to make sure that we have the best chance to win this election. >> reporter: gingrich came in second in both states and gave no indication he's quitting. instead, he focused on mitt romney's failure to win the conservative southern vote. >> the elite media's effort to convince the nation that mitt romney is inevitable jus
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Mar 19, 2012 4:30am EDT
today," regaining mow meant item. mitt romney scores a resounding win in porcello's republican primary. >>> brink of disaster. newly released video captures the sheer terror of an ef-4 toernd. >>> and indian iron n. a former mr. universe celebrates a big milestone. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with an overwhelming win. mitt romney rakes in all of porcello's 20 delegates on sunday after walking away with more than 50% of the republican's primary vote and now the spotlight is on illinois. tracie potts joins us with more on this. good morning. >> good morning. illinois's primary is going to be a little different than what we've seen so far. it's not winner take all. it's not proportional. they have separate votes for the president and for the delegates. the popular vote does not determine who gets those delegates. illinois's the necked by prize. tomorrow's republican primary will decide most of the state's 69 delegates. >> if we're able to come out with a huge surprise win, guarantee you, i guarantee you t
NBC
Mar 20, 2012 4:30am EDT
runner mitt romney will make it very difficult for his rivals to keep running. tracie potts joins us from washington with more on this. >> reporter: good morning. rick santorum is hoping to do well in illinois but it's going to be an uphill battle for him. mean time mitt romney even though he is the front-runner at this point is not taking the land of lincoln for granted. >> thespian cakes are something else. i'll tell you. >> reporter: mitt romney in his third day campaigning in illinois the land of reindian and obama. >> i'm looking for the nod here. >> reporter: romney is up by nine points. santorum is the underdog. he's ineligible because he filed paper work too late. >> i don't care what the unemployment rate will be. doesn't matter to me. my campaign doesn't hinge on unemployment rates. >> i do care about the unemployment rate. it bothers me. >> reporter: santorum clarified. >> of course i care about the unemployment rate. but i'm saying my candidacy doesn't hinge on whether the unemployment rate goes up or down. >> reporter: but it's the numbers that mitt romney hopes to solidify h
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Mar 21, 2012 12:00pm EDT
. ♪ >> mitt romney has reason to smile today after picking up at least 41 delegates in illinois and strengthening his overall delegate lead. >> this was not the nail biter we have seen in past thasos with most precincts in, mitt romney finished 12 points and had a brick santorum. his rivals dallas race is not over yet about what a night -- thank you, illinois. >> mitt romney did not have to wait long after the polls closed to give his victory speech. a clear win that he would like to say makes it a two-man race. >> we once built an interstate highway system and the hoover dam. now we can't even build a pipeline for it when we replace a law professor with the conservative businessman as president, that will end. >> is great to be back in pennsylvania. >> rick sent normal argued a win would change the race. he lost by double digits. he looked ahead in his speech. >> we will picket by a whole boatload of delegates and close this gap and on to victory. >> newt gingrich and ron paul largely ignored ellen i and they won no delegates. neither showed signs of stepping out of the wac an
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Mar 7, 2012 6:30pm EST
tuesday did anything but. tonight, what the romney campaign is saying about that nomination. >>> frozen in timement nearly a year after the nuclear disaster, an exclusive visit to the dead zone in japan. >>> richard engel is just back with a rare firsthand look at what's left. >>> second chance, the incredible story of a mother of three who was dying of melanoma and is now alive and well. what her doctors did for her that could turn out to be a turning point for others. >>> the end zone. a question now is the game over? >>> and the coming solar storm. racing toward earth at 4 million miles an hour and what could happen when it gets here overnight. happen when it gets here overnight. "nightly news begins now." captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. if anybody was looking for super tuesday to simplify the gop race for the nomination, if mitt romney was hoping to use center tuesday to clinch the nomination, it didn't happen. four candidates went into last night's primaries. today four candidates went up and went on. this race goes o. it now takes a turn for the sou
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Mar 14, 2012 6:30pm EDT
night for rick santorum. he picked off the two big state primaries and yet again, mitt romney is acting like a man cruising to the nomination with clear skies ahead. our political director chuck todd has a look at things on this day after. chuck, good evening. >> good evening, brian. these mitt romney days must feel like charlie brown and the football. the football gets yanked away by lucy. in this case lucy is rick santorum. it's mass versus momentum. rick santorum hoping his southern sweep tuesday timely gives him a clean shot to be the chief conservative challenger. >> eventually people are going to figure out governor romney isn't going to be the nominee. >> i want to thank you. >> reporter: for mitt romney, tuesday turned out to be southern primary deju vu. he couldn't get 1/3 of the vote in the geographic heart and soul of the gop. his inability to win in the deep south is living a gaping hole in his geographic road map to the nomination. despite losing alabama and mississippi, romney cam klain a numberic victory thanks to caucuses held in the middle of the pacific ocean. >> last
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Mar 6, 2012 4:30am EST
in ohio where the race between santorum and romney has been incredibly close. tracie potts join us from columbus. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. columbus is key. this is where they will eventually certify tonight's primaries from the results of ohio. ohio is a very important state because no republican has ever been elected without winning this state. so today's primary is a key proving ground for november. ♪ >> reporter: both top candidates mitt romney and rick santorum, spent their last full day of campaigning in ohio. >> we have been all over the state from a to z, all right? akron to zanesville. >> i just don't think the republicans have a viable candidate. >> reporter: romney insists he is winning last-minute voters here. >> i keep hearing people tell me they were undecided and now they have decided to join with us. >> reporter: it's gut-check time! who wants it the most? what do you say? >> reporter: rick santorum has a two-point edge in ohio, a virtual tie. last night, he focuses on romney's flip-flop on contraception coverage. >> he will be the weakest candidate we could
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Mar 9, 2012 11:00pm EST
. experts say we need at this 185,000 jobs per month to get there. >> mitt romney's speech in birmingham this afternoon reinforced many a criticism of president obama's economic record. alabama singer endorsed mitt romney. mitt romney blasted president obama is handling of the federal deficit, but the candidate backtracked after briefly saying he is not a politician, telling the audience, i kind em. -- kinda am. >> we're finally going to have a balanced budget. [applause] by the way, politicians always say that. i am not really a politician. i guess i kind of an because i was governor for four years. my heart is a conservative businessman. >> he hopes to steal away the deep south. rick santorum is drawing criticism towards mitt romney. in some of his most pointed language of the campaign, he went after his record on health reform. santorum told the supportive audience in kansas that mitt romney reinvented based on political expediency. santorum also pointedly asked the audience, who do you trust? >> the is and gentlemen, we already have one president that does not tell the truth. we do n
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Mar 30, 2012 11:00pm EDT
, but so far, mitt romney has dominated. >> four days before the primary, mitt romney came to wisconsin with a seven-point lead in the nbc news poll. >> read that obama thinks he is doing a good job. i am not kidding. he actually thinks he is doing a great job. >> he is getting key endorsements. conservative house member, paul ryan -- former president george bush -- >> i do take it is time for the party to get behind gov. mitt romney. >> admit -- marker rubio. a wave of endorsements. >> that is important for him right now. the need to bring their broken party together and generate some enthusiasm for the general election. -- the republican party together and generate some enthusiasm for the general election. >> president obama is already campaigning. four events today in two states, claiming he kept his promise of change. >> change is the health care reform we passed. >> back in wisconsin, rick santorum is still fighting mitt romney. >> we have a great opportunity here. wisconsin will come through for us brigit >> but wisconsin could be the winner. >> it is a make or break deal for rick
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Mar 7, 2012 7:00am EST
>>> good morning. close call. nbc news declares mitt romney is apparent winner in ohio in super tuesday's most important and tightest race. romney picking up a total of six states, three for rick santorum, one for newt gingrich. and they all say the race will go on. >>> father's day. the dad who took aim at his daughter's laptop after she trashed him on facebook. what does he say about the controversy he started? does he have regrets and have they worked things out? this morning they are speaking out for the first time. >>> and lucky to be alive. the mom who shield eed her children from a tornado as it ripped through their home. why she says the outcome is happy. why she says the outcome is happy. wednesday, march 7, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. welcome to "today" on what is a big political morning, a wednesday morning on "today." i'm matt lauer. >> i'm ann curry. oh, what a night. we knew the key primary to watch, ohio, would be close. but it wasn't called for mitt romney until well after midnight on the east coast. >> let's get you caug
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Mar 7, 2012 12:00pm EST
big story at noon -- mitt romney was a big winner on super tuesday but he still having a tough time courting conservative voters. he notched a narrow win over rick santorum in ohio, the crown jewel of super tuesday, and one of the most important battleground states in the fall election. >> after narrowly winning the super tuesday prize of ohio and carrying five other states, mitt romney was upbeat this morning and focusing on his growing delegate count. >> after last night, i feel pretty darn good. we have a very strong response across the country from alaska to vermont. >> he also won iowa, virginia and his home state of massachusetts and he expects to nail down the nomination before the convention. but rick santorum's close second in ohio showed romney possible vulnerability with court conservatives. >> we've won in the blast, the midwest and the south and we are ready to win across this country. >> santorum came out on top in tennessee, oklahoma and north dakota. newt gingrich won his home state of georgia. >> we are not going to allow the elite to decide who we are allowed to no
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Mar 10, 2012 6:30pm EST
>>> on this saturday night, battle for the south. big wins today for mitt romney and rick santorum. now it's an all out fight in the new battle ground on the trail. >>> trouble in paradise. massive floods, mud slides, hail, even a tornado. one of america's most popular vacation spots in a state of emergency. >>> bowling controversy. the powerful new movie aimed at kids and parents and a firestorm over its rating. >>> rock star. $10 million, 100 nights, and 340 tons. tonight, the big move in l.a. >>> and check it out. one man's way to honor his mom, giving a whole new meaning to the neighborhood library. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. mitt romney and rick santorum went toe to toe again today. battling for delegates. this time in republican caucuses in kansas and wyoming. and once again, the results point to a long and uneven road to the nomination. tonight, nbc news declares santorum the winner by a comfortable 30%. and romney won contests today in guam and the other u.s. territories. while this is increasingly being seen as a two-man race, newt ging
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Mar 19, 2012 5:00pm EDT
. details coming up. >> the republican primary tomorrow in illinois. a lot is at stake for mitt romney and rick santorum. that story is coming up next. >> more than 14,000 maryland families learned they may lose their homes. consumer advocates are calling for relief, asking the banks to take the mortgage 7 a step further and to launch a new principal reduction program in the next 30 days. >> let's go live downtown for a look at what the protesters want. >> a federal judge has not signed off on the judgment yet, but some consumer advocates are taking a pro-active approach, tight -- trying to get the banks to handle a situation and save more homes. >> out side at wells fargo bank, roger williams explains his frustration and resolved. >> i don't want to give up my home. i'm not giving up my home. >> one of the messages he has asked the maryland rights coalition to take to the bank's losses. >> maryland homeowners have been struggling and they can't afford to wait any longer for relief. we need the banks to act quickly and substantively to help homeowners save their homes. >> the petition
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Mar 23, 2012 5:00am EDT
romney. >> instead of taking air risk of what could be the candidate for the future. >> newt gingrich disagrees. he says all republicans should back mitt romney. >> there is no doubt that whether it is -- we would have no choice. it would be a disaster. he is voting radical and incompetent. the competition -- >> advisers are urging rick santorum to get out of the race. and recalled those comments disappointing. he is behind by double digits. instead of playing catch-up, on thursday mitt romney was courting lawmakers on capitol hill and raising money, almost half a million dollars. outside that event, this -- >> we will remember in november. >> demonstrating against romney's plan. all four candidates are in louisiana today. there are 20 democrats at stake. tracie potts, wbal-tv 11 news. >> visits to maryland are not over for presidential candidates. it has been reported two more hopefuls have scheduled visits. newt gingrich will come to annapolis and he will take a stroll down main street. no other details about the visit had been released. one day later, ron paul is expected to visit
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Mar 29, 2012 6:00am EDT
voting. more people are throwing their support behind mitt romney. tara mergener joins us live to explain what that means for the other republican hopefuls. good morning. >> good morning. mitt romney is getting more support now from the gop, but so far, his republican rivals are determined to stay in the race. first, former first lady barbara. >> mitt is the best man to lead the country. >> then a boost from jeb. >> he said, "mitt, i want to let you know i'm endorsing you today." >> today mitt romney expects the endorsement of former president george h.w. bush. >> if there's ever a part of the republican establishment that still exists, it's the bush family. >> on wednesday, romney also got the backing of senator marco rubio, signs the gop is starting to coalesce. but as republicans line up behind a front-runner, the obama camp is taking aim at romney and his closest rivals. >> one thing that can bring this momentum to a screeching halt is turning over the keys of the white house to santorum or romney. >> rick santorum is campaigning in wisconsin ahead of next week's primary. >> we've got
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Mar 6, 2012 7:00am EST
for mitt romney and rick santorum is ohio where they are in a virtual dead heat in the polls. we'll have the latest from the campaign trail ahead. >> also, jury selection is set to begin today in a drunk driving case that made headlines in part over an unusual move by the defendant. a florida millionaire allegedly ran a stop sign and crashed into a young man. the driver died. to protect his wealth the accused has adopted his own girlfriend. we'll have more on that. >> also this morning, more sponsors have pulled out of rush limbaugh's radio show following his choice words for a georgetown law student. how much damage has he done to himself? we'll ask today's professionals about that and more this morning. we begin with a super tuesday contest across this country. peter alexander is in the key battleground state of ohio. peter, good morning. >> reporter: hey, ann. good morning to you. it's finally here and voting is officially under way this super tuesday. it's the biggest day of the primary season. the four republican presidential candidates head four different directions today, but ohio
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Mar 11, 2012 8:00am EDT
. >> and this comes as rick santorum and mitt romney score election victories on saturday. but two states contest could be make or break for newt gingrich. we're live from the campaign trail. >> then japan, one year later. we remember the horrific images from japan after it was struck by the earthquake and then the tsunami. today much of that country is reflecting on the past year. coming up we'll look at how people are trying to get their lives and businesses back to normal. >>> plus, whatever happened to madeleine mccann? she was almost 4 years old when she disappeared five years ago. and now, investigators in portugal and scotland are taking a new look at her case file. we'll find out why. >> and there's something about harry from brazil's beaches, to slums, prince harry is a huge hit as he shows off his playful side. coming up why some royal watchers are calling his trip unprecedented. >> more smiles from him than i've seen in a long time. so we're going to start though with some breaking news out of afghanistan. a u.s. soldier has been taken into custody in southern afghanistan. nbc's atia a
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Mar 2, 2012 6:00am EST
in a one day of voting. >> mitt romney has the edge heading into super tuesday. there are so many delegates at stake. all the delegates stand to gain. after adding two primaries and one straw poll to his tally this week, gop front-runner mitt romney is trying to keep up his winning streak. >> i do not need a lot. i just need you to go out and vote. i want to make sure we win. >> a whopping 419 delegates are at stake super tuesday and the candidates are focusing on states where they stand to benefit most. >> there'll be lots of surprises on super tuesday. >> like romney, rick santorum is zeroing in on ohio, considered a crown jewel on the path to the white house. >> we need somebody who can stand against barack obama and make a clear contrast. >> once again, the battle is spilling onto the airwaves. newt gingrich, whose fate may rest on a victory in his home state of georgia, is being targeted by a romney super pac. >> president reagan is clearing failing. >> gingrich is expected to launch an attack of his own, with an anti-santorum robocall challenging his conservative record. and ron paul
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Mar 20, 2012 5:00am EDT
. it doesn't matter to me. mitt romney immediately pounced. rick santorum letter clarified and said he does care but is candidacy does not hinge on the unemployment rate. the national cherry blossom festival gets underway. the peak bloom is expected today through friday. we better get in the car. it is weeks ahead of normal. this is the 100th anniversary of the jury by trees on the north bank of the title blossom. >> the faa is going to take a fresh look rules banning the use of personal electronics on planes during taxiing and landing. in the rule change would not include cell phones or smart phones. they will test e-readers and tablets. it will be a lengthy process. that brings us to our water cooler question of the day. do you think the faa should revise its rules to allow electronic devices like ipads to be used during all parts of a flight? you can share your response at wbaltv.com and on our facebook page, or send us an e-mail to watercooler@wbaltv.com. >> it should make alec baldwin happy. number trouble. 62 degrees on tv hill. spring is here. a chance to see onions bloom at a restau
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Mar 23, 2012 6:00am EDT
hopefuls are going back to a childhood drawing board for inspiration, criticizing mitt romney as an ever-shifting candidate. >> they're looking for someone who is not an etch-a-sketch candidate, but an etched-in- stone candidate. >> you can't have a child's toy pick presidents. >> the ready-made photo op comes after a romney adviser said everything changes for the fall campaign, like an etch-a- sketch that can be shaken up to start all over again. romney explained it like this on wednesday. >> i'll be running as a conservative republican nominee -- or excuse me, hopefully nominated for president that the policies and positions are decided. >> romney made no public appearances thursday as he focused on private meets in washington. his rivals didn't let up. rick santorum seemed to imply president obama will be better than romney. >> instead of taking a risk in what may be the etch-a-sketch candidate for the future. >> mitt romney responded in a statement -- "i was disappointed to hear that rick santorum would rather have barack obama as president than a republican." the candidate bickering
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Mar 4, 2012 11:00pm EST
, the biggest days so far in the republican presidential campaign. mitt romney is coming off of his victory yesterday in the washington caucuses. we have our 2012 report. [cheers and applause] >> stumping across the south today, mitt romney is hammering home his business background, looking to take a divisive -- decisive back -- lead. >> it is what i do. >> while rick santorum struggles to regain momentum. >> we are doing as well as anybody in all of these races. >> with 11 contests this super tuesday, there is the battleground of ohio. the latest poll shows mitt romney gaining on rick santorum. there matchup is now a statistical dead heat, but because santorum failed to complete the paperwork, he may not be eligible for more than one-quarter of the delegates. >> it is tough for us, only because there is the money disadvantage, but we have got a great grassroots campaign. we are hanging in there. >> throwing her support behind mitt romney, former first lady barbara bush, who recorded a message for voters in vermont and another area. >> we have known them for years and believe he is the best
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Mar 5, 2012 7:00am EST
deaths in five states. >>> super show down. mitt romney and rick santorum set toattle it out in ten states on tuesday and a new poll shows the most important prize up for grabs is still too close to call. >>> and good time prince. prince harry shows off dance moves in the caribbean. the latest on his royal tour moves in the caribbean. the latest on his royal tour today, monday, march 5 a, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. welcome to "today" on a monday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm ann curry. you're looking at a scene in henryville, indiana, where a blanket of snow now covers the damage from friday's deadly tornado over there. >> two inches fell overnight. it doesn't sound like a lot but it could weigh down damaged structures making the work for cleanup crews more dangerous. the tornado in henryville was the largest of as many as 79 twisters that hit the region on friday and saturday. meanwhile, the death toll rose on sunday when a 15-month-old girl who was found in a field after a tornado destroyed her home and killed her family was taken off l
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Mar 13, 2012 6:00pm EDT
on victories there. mitt romney has already moved on to missouri, which holds its caucus on saturday. >> we will cut federal spending and finally balance our budget. >> vix and form hopes to boost his status as the alternative to romney and push gingrich out of the race. >> we want to make sure that we had a candidate go up against president obama. >> at stake -- the delegates in atlanta where polls show a dead heat between romney, gingrich, and santorum. ron paul has been -- has not actively campaigned in either state. and that if mitt romney wins in alabama or mississippi where, as he himself says, this is an away game for him, he looks a lot stronger among the republican base than he has so far. >> political observers say it could be a game changer. and if he says he can win in the deep south and's can be a strong general election candidate against president obama -- we do not know. anything can happen. >> hawaii and american samoa also vote today. delegates will be awarded proportionally in all four contests. in a national survey shows a statistical tie between the president and either
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